The city of Dahab is a common tourist destination in south Sinai. It is considered to be the second most famous city in Sinai, after the world wide city of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab means gold, and the city was called that because of its shiny golden sand beaches.
In the past, Dahab was only a small fishing town until the Egyptian government gave it more value in the late 1990s and built there a number of hotels and resorts. The Egyptian government added a lot of services and facilities in different departments of the city to increase the number of the tourists who visit Dahab and it has obviously paid. Dahab is famous for her name which has golden sand beaches, from which it took its name. This is besides its enchanting diving points, as diving is the most popular motion to do in Dahab. The city is also famous for being the cheapest diving resort in Sinai in rapprochement to other resorts like Ras Suder and Sharm El Sheikh.
Where Is Dahab?
Dahab is over lays an area of more than 1,130 square kilometers and is located on Aqaba bay in the southeast of Sinai. Dahab is 81 kilometers north of Sharm El Sheikh, and 465 kilometers away from the Ahmed Hamdy Tunnel in Cairo. Dahab has two main bays: Ghazala and Al Qura.
One of the preferable things about Dahab is that you can find quite cheap, relaxing and clean hotels that range from only 20 to 50 US dollars per night, and you can find international luxurious hotels and resorts as well. Dahab is suitable for variety of tourists from all countries and all different social classes because of its great deals on conditioning and many marine activities.
What's In Dahab?
Dahab consists of (from the north to the south): Ras Abu Galuom, which is a conserved area and an amazing spot for diving, the Blue Hole which is the most famous diving location in Dahab and in all of Sinai, then there is the Asia area which steward more than 75% of the city's population in three small towns: Mubarak, Al Asia, and Al Zarnook, which is the most famous department of Dahab. It includes a lot of small camps, Beduin houses, beaches and cafes.
Another very interesting hand of Dahab is Al Masbat, the most famous touristic commercial and section of Dahab. This area starts at Al Fanar Street that then there is Al Masbat Bay which is full of many stores that sell all kind of Egyptian remembrance souvenirs, different diving centers, cafes, camps, and hotels. This area is famous for its Bedouin style cafes that are directly on the beach and they serve all kinds of international and Egyptian food, drinks and alcohol, not to mention famous Egyptian shisha.
Then there is also the Laguna area where a number of diving centers hotels and are existing. The area contains one of the most glamorous beaches in Dahab.
You will be lucky enough to visit the area of Masbat and rented one of these cafes. The place considered totally different than any other resort you visited to all around Egypt. Everything in the area is natural.Tourists from all over the world gather dance ans sing in very friendly and an unusual atmosphere you rarely find anywhere
There is also the major city of Dahab where most of the large luxury hotels and governmental builds are located. Tourists who come to Dahab usually stay in that spot, while inexpensive hotels and camps are located in the Masbat area.
Activities in Dahab
There are a lot of motivating activities to do in Dahab like beach buggy safari and camel riding where you can ride into the desert and look at the wonderful landscape. Dahab is also famous for its curative centers where people from all over the world come to be treated of different diseases, especially arthritis.
Dahab has two especially spectacular activities that it specializes in more than any other city in Sinai: sailing and windsurfing. This is because of the high speed of wind in Dahab due to the fact that the city is covered by mountains from all directions. The famous second activity in Dahab is skydiving. Tourists come from all over the world to test skydiving and there are many skydiving services and schools around Dahab.
One Day Trips from Dahab
Many one day trips can be regulated from Dahab to some enjoyable places in Sinai. A one day trip can be to visit the famous Saint Catharine monastery and climb Mount Sinai to look the sunrise, the special colored canyons area, natural protected area of Ras Mohamed and the city of Sharm El Sheikh. You can also book a one-day a comfortable 4X4 safari or camel safari from Dahab. It's also possible to do a one day trip to visit the famous monuments in these places leaving from Dahab. One day trips to the known Petra in Jordan are also able to be booked leaving from Dahab.